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14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
BACKGROUND INFO: We have done many cruises on many different lines, Silversea, Seabourn, Azamara, Celebrity, RCCL, Holland America, Paul Gauguin. We have done majority of our cruises on Silversea and wanted to see what Regent was all ... Read More
BACKGROUND INFO: We have done many cruises on many different lines, Silversea, Seabourn, Azamara, Celebrity, RCCL, Holland America, Paul Gauguin. We have done majority of our cruises on Silversea and wanted to see what Regent was all about since fellow Silversea cruisers spoke highly of Regent. You never know if a cruise line is for you unless you try it for yourself. We live in Florida so we didnt need a hotel or airfare for this cruise, we just drove to the port of Miami and parked across the street from the ship which was very convenient. EMBARKATION: It was a bit slower than usual for a smaller ship but I think that was because we arrived right when 2 buses pulled up filled with passengers from the local hotel. But considering the number of people arriving at the same time, we were process fairly quickly and easily. We stepped on the ship and were immediately greeted with a glass of champagne and were informed that our suites were already available so we made our way to our suite to drop off our hand luggage. CABIN: We had a deluxe veranda, suite 816, slightly forward of mid ship. Room is good size..comparable to the type of room we get on Silversea and Seabourn. This ship was refurbished a couple years ago we were told but there were elements in the room that didnt seem to have been changed. The cabinetry in the bathroom looked kinda old. The room was decorated nicely, but didn’t have a luxurious wow factor. Just nice. The room did lack in storage. There is a nice walk in closet typical of most luxury ships but it lacked storage in the room. Normally in the living area, there are drawers or some type of wall storage , but there was none. No shelving on either side of tv. And below tv, was just a desk, with a fridge on one side and a big cabinet full of glasses which is wasted space. Only 2 tiny drawers in bedside tables. We did like the high and large coffee table in front of sofa as it was perfect both in size and height for room service. Bed was very comfortable, one of the most comfortable on a luxury ship. Water pressure was great and we had fantastic suite attendants who maintained the room. Everything was always perfect. We could hear our neighbors a bit through the walls, which was a first for us. Usually we hear nothing. SHIP: . After unpacking we explored the ship. Its a nice ship and we could notice many of the public areas that had received refurbishment. But there seemed to be a disconnect in terms of style. In some places, it seemed kinda modern luxury, other places sort of French in style...didnt seem to flow well, but was still pretty and ship appeared to be in good condition. We loved the huge pool deck area with lots of chairs. Larger than what we expected but during the cruise we did find it difficult to find a couple chairs together. Pool was always packed and forget about trying to get a lounger in the shade along the sides....folks must get out there early to lay their claim. We also enjoyed that large walking track above the pool and the putting green, shuffleboard , croquet at front of ship. DINING: Food is very subjective but we found the buffets at breakfast and lunch to be lacking in variety compared to Silversea and Seabourn’s buffets. After a couple days we avoided the buffet. Normally for breakfast we ate at Compass Rose which is the main dining room and for lunch we always ate at the pool grill, both were pretty good. Nothing to write home about, but good. They seemed to shine when it came to dinner. Everything we had was very good. I thought the variety on the main dining room menu was better than Silversea and SEabourn. They have one side of the menu of items always available (same every night) and the other side is chefs specials. Food was excellent. It did seem that perhaps they are short handed in the dining room. Service was good, but waiters always seemed worn out and rushed due to the number of tables they were responsible for. The specialty restaurants were Sette Mari, (Italian), Chartreuse ( French)and Prime 7 (steakhouse). We ate all of them and found them all to be excellent! Service was probably the best at Sette Mari. My only complaint is their reservation system for reserving specialty restaurants. You have 2 mos before cruise to reserve a table at Prime 7 and Chartreuse. Once on board the first day, I tried to get a 2nd res at Prime 7 but was told no , that I had to wait until day 3 to ask for a second one. They want to give everyone a chance to eat there at least once. But in my opinion,everyone has had 2 mos to reserve a table, if you fail to plan your cruise, res should open to anyone first come first served once on board. They also are lacking table for 2... mostly big tables and we dont like to share tables. I dont want to meet strangers at dinner. So this was a big negative for us. ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVIITIES: Typical of most luxury cruises, its a mix of the ship’s singer/dancers/performers and then random one man shows. We did all the ship’s performers nights but skipped all the other evenings. Their performers are good, but the productions are obviously not of the quality and wow factor of a bigger ship...so it was par for the course for a luxury cruise...entertaining but again nothing to write home about. The only show we skipped was one that was music from before our time. Same with the one man shows ...the content didnt sound interesting to us (46 and 51). The shows appeal to an older crowd, which is the majority of their clientele ...at least on our cruise, the average age was much older. We were definitely one of the youngest on board. We didnt participate in other activities such as trivia, bridge etc...all the usual ones... SERVICE: Regent truly excels here. Service was excellent across the board. We met a lot of wonderful crew members who treated us like gold....felt like we were good friends right from the beginning ! We had dinner one night with one of the ship’s officers and he couldn’t have been nicer. Sometimes, those dinners can be awkward and tedious trying to find common ground to discuss, but it was super easy and fun with him. EXCURSIONS: Excursions are included in price of cruise. We did excursions at every stop except for Grand Cayman and Key West. Excursions were fine, some better than others. OUr favorite was ATVs in both Cozumel and Costa Maya. Our least favorite was Mayan ruins in Belize...that was mainly because of the terrible old school buses they use ...extremely bumpy ride and it was a lot of driving. Couldn’t wait to be done with it. Harvest Caye Belize’s is a private island owned by Norwegian and its fantastic!!! we would love to go back. This place is beautiful with lots to do fo everyone . There’s a huge beach with hundreds of chairs, restaurants, bars, shopping, zip line, water sports....aviary...its awesome!!!! A must do!!!!! Wish we had skipped our excursion here and spent more time on the private island. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise for our Honeymoon. Prior to boarding the ship we stayed at the Ritz Carlton Bal Harbor, which we highly recommend. The ship was beautiful and we were so impressed by our cabin, Penthouse Suite 819. TV on demand had ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our Honeymoon. Prior to boarding the ship we stayed at the Ritz Carlton Bal Harbor, which we highly recommend. The ship was beautiful and we were so impressed by our cabin, Penthouse Suite 819. TV on demand had great movies and TV Series options. The service was excellent - very attentive. Our room came with a butler, although we really did not know what to do with him, he was still nice to have, and served us breakfast in our room every morning. The Food was absolutely amazing at every restaurant on the ship. We especially loved Chartreuse and Prime 7. But honestly, even the Pool Grill was great. One nice perk of the Penthouse Suite was we were able to book one reservation each at Chartreuse, Prime 7, and Pacific Rim prior to boarding the boat. When we boarded the boat we were not able to book anymore until after our reservations were completed. We booked each for the first three days, and ate at Chartreuse twice, Prime 7 twice, Pacific Rim twice, Sette Mari twice, and Compass Rose three times. In addition to that, we ate at Chartreuse and Prime 7 many times for lunch. Prior to boarding, I decided to book two cooking classes, and I am so happy that I did. They were so much fun. I personally am not into cooking, but my partner is, and I would say we both equally enjoyed both cooking classes. We enjoyed using the gym and infinity pool in Canyon Ranch. Our spa treatments were good, we had two couples massages and pedicures. Our favorite port of call was the private island, Great Stirrup Cay. We did not do any excursions through the ship. Like the other reviews, the internet was not great. I did find the signal to be stronger in the common areas. I was not bothered by this, as I had read the reviews and knew the internet would not be great. We are a same sex couple, and there were several other same sex couples on the ship. We felt very comfortable by how we were treated by staff and other guests. I was surprised at how many guests were 30s-50s age category. Most of the reviews had mentioned the demographics skewed much older. I would say about 1/5th of the guests were under 50. I think the shorter cruises have younger guests, ours was 11 nights. There were many couples on their honeymoon. There were only a handful of very small children (toddlers) and a couple high schoolers, but we did not see any grade school aged children. Getting on and off the ship was easy. Penthouse Suites do not get priority. We did not go to any of the entertainment. Overall everything was excellent, and we can't wait to go back on the Explorer. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Amazing new ship! excellent amenities! Food excellent in all restaurants! Make sure you make reservations online prior to sailing Concierge cabin huge with double sinks we had them put two loungers on the deck The cooking ... Read More
Amazing new ship! excellent amenities! Food excellent in all restaurants! Make sure you make reservations online prior to sailing Concierge cabin huge with double sinks we had them put two loungers on the deck The cooking class was a blast! love the excursions were not packed the cons were minor there are no paper starbucks type coffee cups to take out on to the deck or off the ship there is no evian water ! We were in venice for the day night prior to sailing an amazing hotel and city! Would have been nice to be in venice proper rather than an island we had to take a water shuttle to get to during the trips into venice The shows and theater were amazing for a small ship the service was above and beyond any other cruise line spa sauna wasn't very hot infrared heat! Overall worth the price point as all is included everything is top notch! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This was our 5th cruise aboard Regent, and the staff and crew were fabulous as usual. We met Anastasia, Marla and Lorraine, and saw Rahul again. SS Mariner is so beautiful, but the staff really make the cruise. Lorraine is a wonderful ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise aboard Regent, and the staff and crew were fabulous as usual. We met Anastasia, Marla and Lorraine, and saw Rahul again. SS Mariner is so beautiful, but the staff really make the cruise. Lorraine is a wonderful cruise Director and always cheerful and accommodating. Marla is a fantastic conversationalist and so friendly and comfortable to be around. Anastasia is one of the most charming and sweetest service staff that we've ever met, and Rahul is super friendly and attentive. Our cabin was 376 sq ft plus a 76 sq ft balcony. It was well appointed. Our Butler was super. We finally figured out how to use a butler, by scheduling hors d' oeuvres at 5 every day, with Martini glasses for us and our friend for whom we purchased another cabin. We'd previously reserved our cabin liquor. The food on Mariner is spectacular. We felt guilty as we usually eat smaller portions and, accordingly, a lot of leftover food went back to the kitchen. Specialty restaurants are favorites; Signatures and Prime 7. Of the 5 cruises on Regent, on this one, we spent the most time on the ship, instead of taking shore excursions. Crew Capers, the last performance staged by the crew onboard, is always tearful, as it is done by volunteers, and creates a beautiful memory of staff and the last night onboard. Those memories will always be cherished. The only issue that we had was apparently as a result of the merger with NCL and a mis-communication of management orders. On Regent, cigarette and cigar smoking is permitted in the Connoisseur Club and one area of the pool deck. Pipe smoking is only permitted in the Connoisseur Club. I'd made friends with another passenger and we smoked cigars in the designated area of the pool deck. We were approached several times (in a very cordial manner) by bar staff on the pool deck that cigar smoking was not permitted. They were very friendly, but it was, nevertheless, a little intimidating and disconcerting. On the third approach, I showed the bar staff member the RSSC website and it's rules aboard Mariner, and he apologized and we were not bothered again. Unfortunately, that was the last afternoon on board. In July, we booked Explorer for two back to back Mediterranean cruises for a total of 15 nights starting late October, and we're looking forward to seeing Hassain and Anastasia again aboard Explorer. We'll have another totally fabulous experience aboard Regent on its newest ship. We've compared other cruise lines to Regent, and honestly feel that Regent is like our home away from home to us, though, as Lorraine says on the last night of the cruise; when we get back home, take a shower and drop the towel on the floor, we're a bit dismayed that there is no one there to pick it up after us : ) A very huge Thank You to Regent and staff for our wonderful cruising experiences! We can't praise you enough for such rewarding, exciting yet relaxing times aboard your beautiful ships. Vince and Paul Read Less
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